Pictures From Jerusalem

Время публикации: 26.02.2015 04:55 | Последнее обновление: 07.04.2015 16:45

250 players are taking part in the European Championship in Jerusalem. Although the European Women's Championship will be held separately, in the Georgian resort town of Chakvi from May 18th to May 31st, the ongoing tournament in Israel is open for women as well as for men. WGM Nino Batsiashvili of Georgia is one of many female players who decided to compete in a very strong company and see the holy sites of the largest and probably the most famous city of Israel. Besides, she is the one who has sent us pictures of the event. You will find the pictures below, with the addition of photos taken from the official Facebook page of the championship.

Zurab Sturua is here to help the Georgian players

The unimitable Semen Dvoirys

Aleksandra Goryachkina, the reigning World Champion among girls under 20

Ivan Saric, one of the few players who managed to beat Carlsen as the World Champion

Boris Gelfand visited the commentary room during the second round

Moshe Slav's firm handshake

Alexander Beliavsky

Nino Batsiashvili: a player, a photographer, and simply a person of many talents


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